THE MYSTERY OF GRACE

  ©1995 - 2017


It is the Glory of God to Conceal a Matter,
It is the Glory of Kings to Search out a Matter.
Proverbs 25:2

"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:7 Which none of the princes of this world knew: (2:7) for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Tools specific to 1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14
 
     Revelation, inspiration, searching, knocking, asking;are all pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God. "God is a Spirit," says the scripture. His divine existence is one that can only be perceived, believed on a non-sensing level. If I say that I know God, whom you neither know nor see, you can only judge my assertions on the basis of my personal credibility. Some spokes persons for God or more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence of God as a theory or concept but to prove His existence by supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians 2). So we have the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day affairs of this world and its occupants. It is a very great mystery that it is G-d who calls us to have fellowship with Him. It is G-d who equips us to grow and minister through Him. It is G-d who preserves and keeps us until his coming to gather his called out people unto himself. So you see, that it is very little about our performance or goodness. The gift of G-d prevails throughout the life of a believer.

MYSTERIES OF GOD
THE MYSTERY OF GRACE

Introduction

     Revelation, inspiration, searching, knocking, asking; these are all pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God. "God is a Spirit," says the scripture. His divine existence is one that can only be perceived, believed on a non-sensing level. If I say that I know God, whom you neither know nor see, you can only judge my assertions on the basis of my personal credibility. Some spokes persons for God or more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence of God as a concept but proved His existence by supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians 2). So we have the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day affairs of this world and its occupants.
Progressive Revelation
     God is a god of mysteries and hidden things. The parables taught by Jeshua (Jesus) revealed truth at varying levels, plain story-level truth but also higher spiritual revelation. There is throughout scripture the matter of hidden truth. Jesus told his disciples it was given to some to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God while others received no more than a moral homily. God reveals himself to some and not to others.The mysteries of heaven are not laid bare for anyone of a corrupt mind filled with darkness who would intrude upon heavenly things. There are defining limits between darkness and heavenly light. Bible precepts are truths. The deep things of God, can not be neatly delineated as informational facts. Thus the key to unpacking and deciphering the Word of God can not be achieved strictly by academic skills and study alone. Many learned men who have even steeped themselves with theology may not know the hidden wisdom of God. Without the Holy Spirit teacher and discipler of truth, we are limited pretty much to a moral homily level as a listener.
My sheep hear my voice. (John 10:4) Hearing is a spiritual matter.

We are given understanding in the light of Jeshua (Jesus) in a line by line, precept upon precept, understanding that Jesus is the Word of God, It self the greatest mystery as suggested above. When the Scripture is made known in its completeness "we shall See Him as He IS."

The following writings deal with the subject of Mysteries. My referances do little more than introduce the topics of God's mysteries. There remains, more, much more, to be gleaned as one reads and rereads the word of God. There are greater and greater mysteries and mysteries within mysteries which will be revealed in due time.

Revelation is progressive and continues to deepen as His truth is being revealed by God's Holy Spirit in God's divine time. God withholds certain things from us because it is not yet His time. Contrary to some ecclesiastical authorities we do not have all the answers (facts) as to; Who God is and what His complete plan is for His Body, The Church (another mystery).

Matthew 16:16 But who do you say that I am?
Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter, answers, "You are the Messiah, the son of the Living God." Jesus then tells Peter, "Flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." This demonstrates how we all must receive knowledge of hidden things, mysteries revealed by God. There is of course, second hand revelation which is truth taught to us by others. This second-hand revelation must always be checked against the authority of scripture due to the risk of false teaching.

1Corinthians 2:0 - -"Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love him. 10: But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11. For man knows the things of a man, save the sprit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God, know man knows, but the Spirit of God.


MYSTERY OF GRACE - WHAT IS GRACE?
Grace Works Through Faith

Grace is everything that God has provided, Is providing,
and will provide,
on our behalf.
It is the power of God given to Us!
Grace is everything God does,

Believing, yielding and obeying
is all that we need to do.

Jesus brings the principle of Grace sharply into focus when he proclaimed, "I in myself can do nothing, It is the Father in me who does the work." and; "Why do you call me good? There is none good but God."

Religion places the obligation upon fallible humanity to "be good" and to do the work of God in our own strength. If Jesus can do nothing in himself, then why would we attempt to do anything on our own strength and ability? Grace is the answer to living the Godly life and doing the works that Christ commands. An essential key to remember when we try to understand GRACE is that we can do nothing in ourselves. It is the same declaration that Jesus made. He worked in dependence with and was submitted to that which he saw the Father do and what he heard the Father say. The apostle Paul notes that there is nothing that we have that was not a gift from another; a gift of God.

What predominates in church activity today are individuals who are greatly gifted in knowledge and personal skills but this is not the same as being empowered by Grace through the Holy Spirit. "If any speak let him speak as the oracle of God, if any minister let it be by the ability that God provides. 1 Peter 4:11" Human abilities may be rich, charismatic in the literal sense, but we see too little of the abilities that God supplies. It is the anointing and its numerous manifestations (See the 7 Spirits of God_)that attest to the Power that God supplies.

The Word of Faith movement may have taken Biblical Faith and gone a step too far, turning faith into a method or process that has the effect  of removing God's hand from the ministering believer. The kingdom of God in reality expresses,  "It is the work of God to will and to do... " all things on our behalf. The faith-filled Christian must not lose sight of the fact that, as Jesus himself said,  "In himself he can do nothing - -"  It is still the Father that does the work. It is through GRACE that is God's action, which works on our behalf through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Grace in common Christian terminology has been given a limited theological meaning. Essentially that grace is the gift of God that saved us. We believed and confessed unto salvation. This occurrs once when we believe and are born into the kingdom of God. This is the first act of grace. Grace is present of course in this blessed moment. The Spirit of Grace brought us to salvation. But grace continues in a dramatic sense for any and all of the children of God. As we read in the book of Acts, "Great grace was upon all the believers." This is the continuing endowment of Power to those who believe. Growing in (through) grace and truth is the mechanism of maturing as believers. The activation of grace in our inner spirit is enabled through the study and understanding of the Word of truth. i.e. Scripture.


The apostle Paul, in each epistle blesses each believer who he addresses with the phrase "Grace be unto you, in Christ Jesus." Or familiar variations of this phrase. The apostle acknowledges that God wishes to become all the more empouring to the life of the believer. We can grow in Grace. Through grace we access God and his knowledge, abilities and spiritual attributes, all coming to us through grace.

Grace is a supernatural empowerment of God to us who believe. We can not truly grasp all that God has for those who love and seek him. We can pray that we grow in grace and in the depth of knowledge of God. In the process of turning from the world and the affections and lusts thereof. God becomes all the more present. We in most cases have just barely touched the world of God's unlimited grace, glory wisdom and favor in this world. The active Christian life in reality is a quest to access the reservoirs of Grace in the Kingdom. Essentially sampling of the world to come and bringing the Kingdom of God to come upon the earth. Where we can now profess, Heaven is our home and earth is our footstool. - - The prayers of Jesus in John 17 are an outline of the things which are provided by salvation which has produced another son or daughter for an heavenly inheritance.

 
 A Bible Example of Faith in Action


Faith and Grace


Faith Grows as a Fruit as we study the Word of God


Jesus Lived by Faith


Jesus Taught and Demonstrated Faith in Action

A Bible Example of Faith in Action

To continue the idea of response to God or his Word, we can find it portrayed in the Gospel story in Matthew 14:28. In this account, Peter sees Jesus walking upon the surface of the water, an act quite impossible in the natural world unless of course the water be frozen. Peter, always adventurous, tells Jesus that he would like to join him in walking on the water, but only if it truly is Jesus. The faith sequence is portrayed by Jesus telling Peter to "come." Peter himself, then proceeds to approach Jesus, walking on the water. When he removes his eyes from the master and begins to sink, Peter began to notice the waves and the storm, when his faith was replaced by reason and doubt, Peter began to sink.

An indispensable element of the equation is the fact that Jesus spoke directly to Peter and said, "Come."

Jesus spoke this Rhema, or spoken word, and Peter acted upon that word from the Lord. It was not Peter's ability to transcend the laws of nature but the power of the Word of God, which formed all of the natural world in the beginning. This Word held Peter up miraculously. This was faith in action.

In the present day we do not often get rhemas to walk on water but if His voice tells you, "Walk." you should respond. If it tells you, "Sing." you should resound. If it tells you "Go." you should respond. If it tells you, "Stop."you should respond. This is acting in response upon faith.
 
Faith and Grace

The natural human mind, emotions and will (the human soul) would not seek God, could not believe, and it has no inherent goodness in itself. Though not all of our souls are that of arch villains or wholly reprobate, everyone in the human race " -falls short of the glory of God." Therefore our faith is first given to us by God. His provision or spiritual endowment is GRACE.

Grace is everything which God has provided and will provide, working (spiritually) on our behalf. Grace is what God does! Yielding and obeying is what we do!

In the beginning all of Paul's epistles, Paul pronounces a certain phrase. I believe these words were written by the Spirit of God to provide a living rhema capable of empowering our faith as we read. This by the apostle and charged with Spiritual Power, that phrase is, "Grace be unto you -," sometimes it is accompanied by "and Peace -- " This "invocation" has come to be ritualized in church ceremonies but in its initial form, I believe it was Paul's intent that it be, a prayer of faith. A prayer of faith is a spoken proclamation which is intended to achieve a Spiritual result. (Link above is to my video commentary, less than 5 minutes, Prayer of Salvation.)

Grace is the working of a Spiritual God on our behalf. Grace is linked to the term "anointing", which is the manifestation of power and presence of God working upon one of his servants at a certain time.

It is the Father in heaven who sends His Spirit to help us in every way including to believe. This is an act of GRACE. Grace is that which God does or supplies freely on our behalf. Grace too is spiritual. It is a "Spiritual Fuel" which allows faith to work.

Salvation through grace and faith is described in Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"

Faith Grows as a Fruit as we study the Word of God

Faith grows as a consequence of studying the Scriptures which are the repository of God's mind and wisdom. The entrance of God's word brings "life" and "light" as the psalmist declares. God's Word begins to redirect our thought processes and renews our minds to conform to God's thought. If we have little understanding of the Word, it follows that we can not be persons of faith. But again I promise you, God provides Grace and anointing to follow Him and know His word.

Faith is cumulative, like a living entity it grows and develops. Hearing the Word of God spoken builds faith. (Faith comes by hearing.) Reading the Scriptures aloud is a powerful faith building exercise. Speaking the Word of God with our own mouths builds and activates faith.

For example when it says in Scripture, "Fear not, for I the Lord am with you." We may activate faith by saying aloud, "I will not fear for you Lord, are with me."

If we believe we shall see the glory of God. If we do not believe, we can not see God's manifested glory. Unbelief does not activate faith. God does not violate our unyielding will and unbelief. As we move toward God in faith, he moves toward us.

Jesus Lived by Faith

Though some may wish to argue that Jesus was too much like God and thus exempted from the life of faith that is required of us. I do not believe that this was the case. I believe that Jesus of Nazareth, acting as the "son of man", exercised faith continuously from His youth onwards. It is said of Jesus, that he was full of Grace and Truth. Two things are evident here: First that Jesus lived by the Word (Scriptures) and the Scriptures are the source of Faith. The son of God did not operate as God in this world but as the son of man, thus he operated under faith which pleases God and so demonstrated this principle to all of us! "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17, Luke 3:22)

A second obvious proof that Jesus walked in faith is the Scripture which we quote from Habakuk 2:4, " - -the just shall live by his faith." Whose faith we may ask? The answer I believe, is Christ (the Lord.) Therefore if it is his faith which empowers us, he must therefore be preeminent in the exercise and use of faith.

Jesus obeyed the word of the Father with whom he was in Spiritual union. It was the Father's voice and Jesus' response to his Father's voice, the Rhema, which characterizes Christ's life of faith for all of us, his disciples.
 

Jesus Taught and Demonstrated Faith in Action

Jesus likewise, demonstrated faith by action. Thus both Jesus' words and actions initiated a life under God's control. His spoken words were with the tone of authority, they brought a result which was often miraculous. Miracles are spiritual intervention in the natural order, thus they are considered supernatural.

To receive any manifestation from God we must act upon faith. We must say or do something. (Romans 10:9,10, we see the principle of Faith described that results in the new birth "for with the heart we believe and with the mouth we confess.") Only true and sincere belief causes God to honor faith. God looks upon the heart of man. We can not in faith through another's belief. We can not walk on water because Jesus told Peter to come forth. Our faith must be personal and it must be sincere knowing with assurance that his Word was given to us.

Finally, friend of God, to summarize: All spiritual promises are reached through the door of faith. To see the promises of God actualized requires faith. With faith all things are possible. "
 

"If you believe you will see the Glory of God. "

 

"Knowledge makes arrogant, love edifies."


© Charles Pinkney, 1995-2017
 

Introduction to Mysteries of God

Index to Bible Mysteries

 

The Rapture of Believers, Part 1

The bride and the Bridegroom typology and the rapture
 

Mystery of Accessing God

Mystery of the Body of Christ 

Mystery of the Cross, Crucified with Him

Mystery of Faith Believing God's Word

Mystery of Grace, God's Hand Stretched Forth
 

Mystery of Power and Divine Enablement

Mystery of Spoken Words of Covenant 
 

Mystery of Righteousness in the Beloved

Mystery of the Word -.Bible is a Living Force

Mystery of Spirit and Spirits